It’s August already! Summer is far from over though, and there’s still time to enjoy your outdoor living spaces. Warm weather and abundant sunshine means it’s also a great time to freshen up your wood deck or porch. Regular maintenance is important, because not only does it keep these spaces looking nice, it helps prevent costly repairs or replacement. A little time and money now will protect and extend your deck’s life and usefulness.
These basic steps can help guide you through the process:
Inspect the structure. Not only do you want your deck or porch to look good, you want it to be safe too. Check for loose nails and boards, rotting wood, and any other issues and make appropriate repairs. Don’t forget the stairs, railings, and posts; they may need attention too. For more advice, check out This Old House’s structural repair tips.
Clean the surface. Cleaning the deck surface removes debris, mildew, and unsightly stains, enabling proper application of wood stains and sealers, further extending the life of the deck. Pressure washing is one effective way to clean the structure from top to bottom. Visit This Old House for more handy cleaning tips, or stop by our store. We rent pressure-washing equipment and can provide what you need to get the job done.
Choose and apply the finish. Whether your deck is new, old, or somewhere in between, this step is essential for extending its life. Refresh and transform the wood by choosing a type and color that suits your needs. We carry an assortment of products such as Zar Exterior Finishes and Benjamin Moore’s Arborcoat Waterborne exterior stains. One Time, an all in one preservative, protector, and stain is another one of our favorites.
These three points highlight the necessary steps for proper maintenance. Note also that different wood surfaces and locations may require slightly different treatment or products. For example, is your deck or walkway near water? The PaintSource Network shares tips on how to preserve and protect it. Check out their additional info and advice for covered porches, ground level decks, and certain hardwood decking too.
No matter what type of outdoor structure you have, there are great resources available, such as One Time’s General Prep and Finish Videos and DIY’s Deck Maintenance Video. Benjamin Moore offers more how-to advice from prep and choosing the right products to staining and general maintenance. And don’t forget, we’re here to help you select the right products for your outdoor wood surfaces and furniture, too.
August is a great time to do the necessary maintenance. With the right info, products, and a little elbow grease, you’ll get those wood decks and porches in fine shape in no time.